FAIRBANKS — Gov. Sean Parnell has released the first look at his budget proposal for the coming legislative session with details on continued funding for his ongoing fight against domestic violence.
Parnell announced that the public safety budget will include an additional $14.8 million for his Choose Respect initiative to continue education, support and legal efforts.
The announcement also includes $2.8 million in funding for 15 additional state troopers for the Railbelt area, including Fairbanks. There’s also funding for a trooper post in Hooper Bay.
An additional $2.7 million will fund 15 additional village public safety officers, bringing the statewide total to 131. Three new prosecutor positions focusing on child sex abuse cases will cover Fairbanks, Bethel and Juneau.
Parnell said the proposed budget will continue the campaign against domestic violence as well as make communities throughout the state safer.
“All Alaskans deserve to be safe in their homes and communities,” Parnell said in a news release. “We now understand the magnitude of the violence and have made significant strides in building pathways to prevention and healing.”
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